NYC Weekend Picks: Summer Shorts festival features new one-act plays by Neil LeBute, more

Evan Shinners, left, and Michael Countryman in a

Evan Shinners, left, and Michael Countryman in a scene from Tina Howe's "Breaking the Spell," part of the Summer Shorts Festival. Photo Credit: Handout

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Our picks for what to do in the city this weekend.


"HARBOR" Sag Harbor is the setting for an unexpected family reunion in this serious comedy by Chad Beguelin, co-starring Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk") and Erin Cummings ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand").

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Primary Stages, 59 E. 59th St.

INFO $70, 212-279-4200,

SUMMER SHORTS New one-act plays by Tina Howe, Neil LeBute and Paul Weitz are part of two different programs at this seventh annual festival of short American works.

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WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8:15, Saturday at 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., Sunday at 3:15 and 7:15 p.m., 59 E. 59th Street Theaters

INFO $25, 212-279-4200,

"SHORT STUFF 7" This series of new one-act plays includes work by John Yearley and Arlene Hutton.

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sunday at 7 p.m., The Barrow Group, 312 W. 36th St.

INFO $18, 212-868-4444

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LES BLANK TRIBUTE This screening, part of an ongoing retrospective on the documentary filmmaker, features three classics: "Dry Wood" (1973), "Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers" (1980) and the literally titled "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1979).

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.

INFO $12, 718-777-6800,


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"A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO GO" Once one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, the architectural treasure trove that is Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery turns 175 this year. This exhibition looks at its influential role in the development of parks and public spaces in America.

WHEN Through Oct. 13, open daily, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.

INFO $10 (suggested), 212-534- 1672,


PEARL & ASH Ambitious and delicious bites abound at this new Lower East Side entry into the derby of places serving international small plates. Occasionally even the entree portions are a wee bit wee, but a strong wine list makes up for it.

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WHEN | WHERE Dinner nightly except Sunday, 220 Bowery

INFO Average small plate, $14; entree, $26; 212-837-2370,


MARCUS MILLER Get all jazzed up for the Grammy-winning "Renaissance" man and his bass guitar.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.

INFO $40, 212-414-5994,


ALICE RIPLEY Tony winner Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal") reprises songs she performed on Broadway along with original tunes.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.

INFO $40-$50 ($25 food and beverage minimum), 866-468-7619,

Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzmán, Ted Loos and Daniel Bubbeo.

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